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Practical Spots for Impractical Sports

I thought I had gotten over having every title of my posts as a pun but I couldn’t help myself this time. Since my first Lyra class, I’ve spent a lot of time letting my body heal up from the abuse of Thursday.  Now, its Sunday, and I still hurt so much in my shoulders and core that I quickly regret the simplest chore – like putting on a shirt. But it seems like the best thing I can do is get a good stretch and do some of those work outs again.

The hardest part of this is finding some where to the work I need, something as close to the real thing as possible.  This was more or less a pull up and core tuck.  Inside the house, despite how tall I am…. I just didn’t anything with enough finger space, stability, or overall strength to allow for a good pull up.  After the family calmed down and the sun became forgiving, I head outside to see if there was a tree I could challenge.  So many of my memories as a kid involve pulling up and over pecan tree branches to get a better point for ‘hide and seek’ with my cousins.  While the over all movements are a bit different, its close enough to help develop where I’m lacking.

At the south end of the house, between my (abandoned) neighbors and my garage is a thin tree line.  Its instantly attractive since I’ve climbed parts of these trees before.  Its also a spot that has a little privacy and is isn’t close to the dogs.  All of this, while being green, shaded, and overall relaxing.


As you can see, it does need a bit of clean up.  We’re bad about not really maintaining that part of the yard much, because we’re never there.  But it seems to have a natural opening that welcomes this.  Aside from that, with out altering anything, I can already just grab some of the plant life and start pulling.  Specifically, a softer vine growing around these trees is just right to grab and supports my full weight and allows me to get into one leg/one arm open pose.  Due to positioning, I couldn’t really mount straight on with out hitting something, but I wouldn’t have had the strength for that anyways – that is why I’m out here.  But I managed to be able to use the trunk of the tree to walk up after getting myself in the air.   Nine or 10 of those and I was starting to feel the fatigue returning …. but with out the pain.  Splendid, exactly what I came out here for.

The purple outline is where I can grab and pull up, leaving the tree open to 'walk' up

The purple outline is where I can grab and pull up, leaving the tree open to ‘walk’ up

Perhaps over the next weekend I can get this cleaned up and under control so that it looks a little more inviting and relaxing.

About Ashley Young

I'm a North Carolina transplanted girl reaching my 30's. A few years ago, I procured my first DSM that would eventually mature many of my skills. This website is dedicated to the stories, adventures, and lessons that the car has brought to me over the years.

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